Lewis to make his choice of three schools

By Justin Hite

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From many schools to five to just three, Tarboro defensive end Tyquan Lewis makes his final college decision at 4 p.m. today.

The final trio: LSU, Ohio State and North Carolina.

“I’m a little bit nervous and excited,” he said. “Right now, I can’t really tell.”

Lewis has visited Ohio State and North Carolina but has yet to make a trip to Baton Rouge, La. Lewis said that he felt comfortable at Ohio State, and the coaches were a big draw.

The level of competition, as well as the coaches, attracted him to LSU.

“They just have a good program,” said Lewis, who gave no sign of his final choice. “I’d fit in well down there.”

He understands that North Carolina is rebuilding but talked about the enthusiasm surrounding the Tar Heels. “They were interested in everything that I do,” he said.

Lewis, who has helped lead Tarboro to two of its three straight NCHSAA 2-A state championships, also was considering Ole Miss and Vanderbilt but said that he has reduced his options.

Lewis competed at Nike’s The Opening, an elite football camp in Oregon, this summer and has been clocked in a 40-yard dash at 4.6.

Lewis, a 6-foot-4 defensive end, has been rated as high as a four-star prospect.

“It’s a moment in my life that it’s a milestone,” Lewis said. “I’m still striving to keep going. It’s just a huge accomplishment for me to have the opportunity to keep playing football.”

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